Oral health is not only about teeth and smiles, it also includes healthy gums. Infection in the gums can cause pain, discomfort, bleeding, and swelling. Gums cover the bones of teeth and keep them intact. Healthy gums also reduce the risk of diseases and they don’t bleed and are pink in color. One may feel a bad taste in the mouth and bad breath if gums are unhealthy. The advanced stage of gum infection can lead to the loss of teeth. One can keep the gums healthy by adopting some habits and protecting them from infection.
Brushing And Flossing: One should brush and floss teeth daily. Flossing removes the leftover food particles between the spaces of teeth. This leftover food becomes the heaven for the bacteria. Thus leading to infection. Furthermore, one should also brush twice a day. Brushing should be done in a gentle manner so that it does not destroy gums.
Visit Dental Hygienist: One should visit a dental hygienist at least twice a year. Hygienists clean every corner of your mouth. Often, plaque is missed as toothbrush bristles cannot reach every corner of the mouth. So dental cleanings are required to remove plaque before it turns into tartar. Also if you have early stages of gum diseases, then in dental cleanings those can be treated.
No Smoking: When you smoke, your teeth become discolored. It also weakens the immune system, thus making it difficult for your gums to treat the infection. Furthermore, smoking also keeps the gums at risk of infection.
Use Mouthwash: Using mouthwash reduces plaque, tartar, gum infections and prevents cavities. Rinse it all over your mouth so that it reaches every corner of the mouth. This will also reduce the mild symptoms of gum infection. Furthermore, it combats the bacteria that cause bad breath and freshen your breath.
Moreover one should also limit foods that contain sugar as they are harmful to gums. Fresh fruits and vegetables that are full of fiber, milk, yogurt, and nuts should be eaten for healthy gums.
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